Tex-Mex Style Macaroni & Cheese

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This easy prep recipe is perfect for those days when you just don’t feel like spending more than 10 minutes preparing dinner, but still want a yummy & nutritious meal for your family. Kids love mac and cheese, but traditional recipes are loaded with fat and artificial ingredients. This Tex-Mex inspired recipe is made with 100% clean ingredients, has no sugar added, and doesn’t sacrifice taste.

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Tex-Mex Style Mac & Cheese

Tex-Mex Style Mac & Cheese

Yields: 8 servings | Serving size: 1 cup | Calories: 185 | Total Fat: 2 g | Saturated Fats: 1 g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 4 mg | Sodium: 451 mg | Carbohydrates: 30 g | Dietary fiber: 6 g | Sugars: 12 g | Protein: 8 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5 |


  • 8 ounces (dry) whole wheat macaroni
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney or black beans, drained
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar salsa, no sugar added
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt to taste
  • 1 cup 2% sharp cheddar cheese, grated (block cheese is best)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cook macaroni according to package instructions, drain. Combine in a large mixing bowl, cooked macaroni and remaining ingredients. Add to medium casserole dish, spread evenly, cover loosely with foil and bake 25-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Add additional cheese if desired.

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14 Comments on "Tex-Mex Style Macaroni & Cheese"

  1. Holly  July 12, 2012

    Can't save the recipe! Zip link says there's a problem. 🙁

    • Skinny Ms.  July 13, 2012

      Holly, Try again this morning…may have been an issue last night. It is working now! 🙂

  2. Eat.Style.Play  July 13, 2012

    Picante Sauce is like Salsa? 

  3. Virginia  July 26, 2012

    My little girl absolutely loves this recipe and the leftovers are easy to freeze in portions and perfect for healthy toddler lunches!

  4. Sheri Hobbs  August 12, 2012

    Yum, this is sooo good!!

  5. Chelsea  August 21, 2012

    I ran this with two different recipe creators and got 238 calories for a cup. I also ended up with 6 cups total. Any idea why?
    I used everything you said, except I was a little confused with "picante sauce." Is that just salsa? Because that's what I used.

    • Skinny Ms.  August 22, 2012

      Chelsea, Picante is chunkier. We use nutritiondata.self.com for nutritional data. We'll enter the values again and make sure there was no error. Thanks!

  6. Cassy  April 1, 2013

    Can you make this in the slow cooker?

    • Skinny Ms.  April 2, 2013

      Cassy, I wouldn’t recommend it. The noodles tend to disappear and turn into mush with this recipe… when prepared in the slow cooker.

  7. Glena  June 11, 2013

    Is that 8 oz in weight or 8 oz like in a cup?

    • Skinny Ms.  June 12, 2013

      In Weight…as in an 8oz box of pasta. 🙂

    • SkinnyMs  March 4, 2014

      8 oz in weight.

  8. Gilly  September 3, 2013

    I added all my ingredients NI together and divided by four and it is WAY more than 185. I thought this sounded too good to be true with pasta, cheese, and beans. I took all my packages and added them and got over 400!

    • Skinny Ms.  September 3, 2013

      Gilly, The nutritional data is correct, but the # of servings should be 6. Just made the update. Thanks!


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